- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 11, 2019

President Trump said Thursday he plans to jet to France in June to take part in ceremonies recognizing the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

“I’ll be there,” he told World War II veterans visiting the White House.

Mr. Trump previously traveled to France for Bastille Day festivities in July 2017 — the president was so impressed he wanted a military parade back home — and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in November.

With the D.C. visit, Mr. Trump was following through on a pledge to Allen Jones, who told Mr. Trump during the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ convention that he would like to spend his April 11 birthday with the president.

Joining them were Sidney Walton — a 100-year-old veteran who travels the U.S. to teach Americans about the Greatest Generation — and Paul Kriner and Floyd Wigfield, both of whom assist the foundation.

Mr. Wigfield landed on Utah Beach on D-Day, while Mr. Kriner served in the Mediterranean theater.

Mr. Trump, who is 72, joked with the veterans, saying he’d like to “be like all of you someday,” while honoring their fighting spirit.

“That was a great victory. We knew how to win wars,” he told them.

He said Mr. Kriner, who is 103, didn’t look a day over 90, and that one of them — it’s unclear who asked — could join him onstage the next time he’s in Pittsburgh.

“We can do that,” Mr. Trump said.

• Tom Howell Jr. can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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